Football: DeAngelo Yancey making impact for Purdue
By Michael Osipoff 713-2485 or firstname.lastname@example.org October 12, 2013 7:08PM
Updated: October 13, 2013 12:14AM
WEST LAFAYETTE — DeAngelo Yancey continues to emerge as a playmaker for Purdue.
The wide receiver caught five passes for 146 yards, the second highest total in a game in school history for a freshman and the highest total for a true freshman. He had a 55-yard touchdown reception from Danny Etling with 39 seconds left in the Boilermakers’ 44-7 loss to Nebraska on Saturday.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Yancey had seven catches for 117 yards against Northern Illinois.
“He’s going to be an exceptional player when it’s all said and done,” Purdue coach Darrell Hazell said. “He has a lot of talent. He’s big, he’s quick, he has speed, soft hands. He’s starting to develop a chemistry with Danny. So it is a bright spot, but we have to get better in a lot of areas.”
As a redshirt freshman in 2001, Taylor Stubblefield had nine catches for 196 yards and two touchdowns in the Sun Bowl against Washington State. As a true freshman in 2004, Dorien Bryant had five catches for 131 yards and a score against Indiana.
Going shirtless: As expected, freshman defensive linemen Ra’Zahn Howard, Evan Panfil and Jake Replogle each made his Purdue debut against the Cornhuskers. Howard (one tackle), a tackle, made his first appearance in the game’s first series; Panfil (one tackle for loss), an end, in the second series; and Replogle, also an end, in the fourth series.
The trio played together — as the entirety of Purdue’s three-man front — for stretches during the second half.
Lending a hand: Starting quarterback-turned-safety Rob Henry played on special teams on Saturday, including throwing an incomplete pass on a fake punt with 12:20 left in the third quarter. He got on the field at safety midway through the fourth quarter, registering two tackles.
“We’re trying to get him to learn the secondary as quickly as he can — he’s only played back there for three or four practices,” Hazell said. “We’ll try to use him on as many special teams as we can. He’s a good leader for us, and he cares deeply about this football team.”
Around the field: Merrillville wide receiver Dolapo Macarthy was not in uniform, wearing his jersey and a baseball cap on the sideline. ... Defensive end Greg Latta was limited by his hamstring injury. ... Chuck Ayres, a third-year walk-on listed as a tackle, played end, entering the game during the first series and receiving considerable playing time. He had two tackles. ... Bruce Gaston’s sack was only the third Nebraska has allowed this season. Entering the week, the Cornhuskers had surrendered the fewest in the nation.